Monday, January 26, 2015

Monday Newsletter

RVE CLUB MEETING Judy Nordquist, chair, called meeting to order. Began meeting with Pledge of Allegiance, singing of “God Bless America” & closed with club song. John Geer tells us Irving Berlin wrote “God Bless America” & it was first sung by Kate Smith.
Invocation – Ron Werstein
Secretary Report – Sharon Sprague
Treasurer Report – John Geer
We welcomed new arrivals and new residents to the park.
MANAGEMENT REPORT – Manager Bob Davis is searching for a “citrus bandit” in our park. Keep your eyes open, let him know if you see someone helping themselves to others' fruit trees. That is STEALING! Website for Rio Valley Estates is
Harris & Patty Shellito provided donuts this morning. This was done in appreciation of what folks do for them. Thanks!
Club website by Judi DeKoning is .. for “members only”, the password is riovalley.
Donna Gabbert's blog is
Properties report was by Ron Zoeller, who said they continue looking at kitchen counter top options. Stainless steel is costly. We need to keep heat from roasters off counter top; maybe something could be on bottom of roasters? He reminded us to make sure all trash containers are emptied following an event. Two bent folding chairs were thrown out. Opinion of favorite type chairs (old folding type or new chairs) was divided. Board members: Properties – Clyde Read, Dave Cochran, Ron Zoeller; Finance – John Geer, Charlotte Therrien, Marge Rexroad.
Monday dances have begun. We encourage residents to attend. Tonight Jim Staton plays. Chair Ron Talbert says if you wish to sit with your friends, come reserve a table in the afternoon. They had biggest crowd last week with 122. The dance committee relies on volunteers so let Ron know if you can help. Dave & Kathy Cochran have taken charge of tonight's dance. There are 10 dances this season with these bands alternating .. Diego, Hired Hands, Country Roland Jr. Band, Staton. Dance from 7-9:30 p.m. Cost $5 pp. Free popcorn. Setups available.
Donna Perkins does the greeting cards until end of April. You may sign these in office area. Her phone number is 817-371-9730. If you know of someone needing a card due to illness or death of family member, contact her. Cards this week went to Mac Donovan, hospitalization; Arlene Lykken, shoulder surgery; Gary Philipp, moved from hospital to Renaussance rehab; Betty Aderton, hospitalization. A report on Gary was that he has four hours of physical & occcupational therapy every day. Since this really leaves him tired, it is suggested you call Jan prior to visiting. Weekends might be best time to visit.
Last Friday 150 enjoyed Patrick & Tracy with a wide variety of music & comedy. Chair Brock Laing announced this week Freddie & Sheila will be here with an energetic concert of world class guitar picking & fantastic singing plus lots of humor. This married duo performs in the RGV each January before moving on to Arizona & California as they've done the past 13 years! Cost is $5 pp.
Come at 5 p.m. each Friday for potluck. Bring a dish to share plus table service. You'll be finished in time for the show.
Thursday FREE movie is “The Grand Seduction” NOT XXXrated!
Thanks to Mark & Betty Wieners & crew for Saturday morning breakfasts in January. February Ron & Kathy McAuley will chair.
Election of officers for Feb.-March was held. Judy Nordquist will remain chairperson. Carolyn Thomsen elected vice chair.
Heard of a couple birthdays. Happy Birthday to Bev Telfor and Jack Havertape. Believe they're both 39 again!

Upcoming Events:
Jan. 28 – Park Pizza Party, Peter Piper Pizza, 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 28 – Vet's Dinner, program begins at noon
Jan. 29 – Kansas Day lunch, Lin's, 11:30 a.m., sign up sheet in hall
Feb. 1 – Super Bowl Party, 5 p.m. Bring snacks to share.
Feb. 4 – Iowa Dinner, Friendship Hall, noon potluck, Goodwins chair
Feb. 9-13 – Olympics 2015, Bob Kerkau chairs (we host 500 Feb. 10)
Feb. 12 – Craft Show, 8-noon, Mary Norby chairs, set up on 11th
Feb. 15 – Anniversary-Birthday Celebration, Friendship Hall, 2 p.m.
Feb. 15 – Gospel Show with Ambassadors of Grace, 5 p.m.
Feb. 16 - Memorial Service for residents we lost this past year, 9 a.m.
Feb. 17 – Stroke Prevention, 12-5 p.m. .. behind stage
Feb. 17 – Mardi Gras, 5 p.m., $7 pp, Gordon-Joyce Amos chair
Feb. 20 – Flea Market, 8-noon, Lucy Johnson chairs
Feb. 22 – NASCAR Daytona 500 Race Party, gates open at 11 a.m.
Feb. 23 – Memorial Service for Dorie Rosendahl, 11 a.m.
Feb. 27 – D. Allquist at hall, goes over wellness screening, 1-3 p.m.

Chair Judy requested that if you remove decorations, please put them back the way you found them. The ladies who decorate our hall do a fantastic job.
If you wish something printed in newsletter, please give written note to editor at meeting or Lot #103. Just about the time we think things are slowing down, it seems to pick up again. ANYONE who thinks life is boring down here in The Valley isn't looking very hard!
Dave Johnson announced he's taking directory to McAllen for printing this week. These will be sold at next Monday's meeting, $1.50 each.
Write any address/phone/lot changes on sheet in back of hall. This week ..
Bernard/Sandra Michael #J-9 402-796-2282 & 419-8503
10200 N.W.140th, Pleasant Dale, NE 68423
Marvin/Mary Weeder #J-6 402-920-3678 & 920-0540
36877 445 Ave., Genoa 68640 (not legible ??!!)
Marilyn Loutzenhiser announces no ice cream next Sunday due to Super Bowl party. Plan to come the following Sunday afternoon, 2:30 p.m.
All residents are invited to Thursday breakfasts, 8 a.m. at Fiesta Tex-Mex (this is weekly get-together).
Linda Palermo/Clyde Read, #155, chair Vet's Dinner to be held this Wed. noon, open to all vets & spouses, vet's widows or widowers, significant others, Canadian veterans. The silent auction & raffle ticket sales closed this morning. Consider this your donation to the Purple Heart Association. Program begins at noon. You don't need to bring table service. Decorating committee meets in hall Tuesday at 2 p.m.
Non-Veterans .. you are invited to come to Peter Piper Pizza on Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. for the Park Pizza Party. Chairing this are Rickes & Goodwins. Wear your name tag.
Kansas Day Lunch is Jan. 29, 11:30 a.m. at Lin's. There is sign up sheet in back of the hall.
Plan to attend the February 1 Super Bowl Party, 5 p.m. Bring snacks. Hot dogs will be sold.
For those who don't want to watch football, join others for Karaoke at 4 p.m. on Sunday at Telfors, Lot #208.
Olympics 2015 .. everyone who tried out for an event, come to office Feb. 2, after meeting (until noon) for a T-shirt, cap or mug. Winners check board in hall for time/place for your event, says Bob Kerkau, #280.
Iowa Dinner with Goodwins & Rickes chairing is Feb. 4, noon. They are charging $1 this year, looking for door prize donations. There is a sign up sheet back of hall. This is potluck, bring own table service. Tickets at Mon. meeting or Lot #28 or #72.
Mary Norby says Feb. 12 Craft Sale tables are sold out! Sharon Sprague chairs the kitchen; is asking for pie bakers. Volunteer on sign up sheet back of hall.
Anniversary-Birthday Celebration is Feb. 15, 2 p.m. There is sign up sheet if you plan to attend, so committee can determine amount of food needed.
Each year we hold a Memorial Service to remember residents, we've lost this past season. See list of names in pool room. If you notice a name is missing, please let chairperson know. This will be held at 9 a.m. prior to the Feb. 16th meeting.
Remember the fun you had at Mardi Gras? Attend this year's on Feb. 17, chaired by Joyce-Gordon Amos, tickets, $7 pp. They will sell entire table or individual tickets until next Monday. When you purchase ticket you need to indicate if you wish chicken creole or shrimp creole. Prizes for best dressed man/woman and best decorated tables. You need to save room on table for 2 appetizer trays. A King & Queen will be named.
Stroke Prevention tests are Feb. 17, 12-5 p.m. behind stage area. Stewart Donovan will be at Feb. 9 morning meeting to speak about this.
Lucy Johnson chairs Flea Market Feb. 20, 8 a.m. to noon. Reserve your table from Lucy, #93, $2 ea.
Donna Granath & Ron Zoeller are announcing a NASCAR Daytona 500 Race party will be held Sunday, Feb. 22, with gates to open at 11 a.m. Admission is free; come & watch the race on our big screen. Hamburgers & hot dogs may be purchased. More details next week.
Nancy Argo announced a Memorial Service to remember Dorie Rosendahl will be held Feb. 23, 11 a.m. after meeting. They will have finger sandwiches & cookies .. and encourage anyone to bring flowers to display in her memory.
Note change in date .. Dave Almquist will return 9:30-11 on Feb. 27 with results from Wellness Testing.
Don't forget Happy Hour at Friendship Hall every Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock. Bring snacks to share plus your choice of beverage.
Looking to next season Ken Barnhart announced the 2016 Sock Hop will be Jan. 28 with “Homecoming” the theme. He thanked his committee, kitchen crew .. and most of all YOU folks who made it a great party.
A thank you to Hector & Charlotte Therrien who chaired the Bean Feed last Wed. Hector announced next year's feed will be Jan. 21, 2016 with Dick & Maxine Topel to chair it.

A couple jokes for you ..
One day my housework-challenged husband decided to wash his sweatshirt. Seconds after he stepped into the laundry room, he shouted, “What setting do I use on the washing machine?” “It depends,” I replied. “What does it say on your shirt?” He yelled back, “University of Oklahoma.” And they say blondes are dumb!!

It's just too hot to wear clothes today,” Jack said as he stepped out of the shower, “Honey, what do you think the neighbors would think if I mowed the lawn like this?” “Probably that I married you for your money,” she replied.

Maybe some question & answer jokes ..
How do you catch a unique rabbit? Unique up on it.
How do you catch a tame rabbit? Tame way.
What do you call cheese that isn't yours? Nacho Cheese.
What's the biggest gripe of retirees? There is not enough time to get everything done.
Why don't retirees mind being called “seniors”? The term comes with a 10% discount.
Why do retirees count pennies? They are the only ones who have the time.
What is the common term for someone who enjoys work and refuses to retire? Answer: IDIOT

Monday, January 19, 2015

Monday Jan. 19th

The new ER is right on Expressway 83 frontage road, grand opening Jan. 24th 9:00 to Noon
The new ER is now open...if you need emergency care, when you go there and they need to send you to a hospital you won't have to go through the emergency room but can go directly to a room.
The STHS ERs at Weslaco and Mission will feature:
  • 14 private treatment rooms
  • Emergency room trained physicians and nurses
  • Diagnostic imaging services: CT scans, X-ray, ultrasound, bone density, mammography
  • 24-hour lab services
  • Cardiopulmonary monitoring
  • Respiratory treatments
  • Intravenous medications and fluids
  • Ambulance bay
  • Direct admission to hospital bed, not hospital ER
  • On-site pharmacy
With diagnostic or lab appointments available on a same-day, walk-in basis, patients can get test results more quickly. An on-site pharmacy allows patients to pick up medications without having to make another stop on their way home.
“The STHS ERs are all about convenience and bringing quality care closer to the growing populations on both ends of our metro area,” says Jason Chang, CEO of McAllen Heart Hospital and an STHS ER project manager. “As neighborhood emergency care centers serving both local and seasonal residents, the Weslaco and Mission ERs will provide a convenient, comfortable atmosphere close to home.”


When you need care for a minor illness or injury, ER Reserve lets you request a time in any South Texas Health System Emergency Room — including the new ERs at Weslaco and Mission.
Use a computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone
  • See wait times in any one of the system’s emergency rooms.
  • Click ‘ER Reserve’ to request an appointment for non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries. You can make an appointment up to 12 hours in advance.
  • Wait in the comfort of your own home until it’s time to go

Friday, January 16, 2015

Hill Billy Sock Hop

Sorry the only 50's sock hop back ground for my smile box is the record one where pictures I import are in a round frame, so the pictures I took of a large group or close up of 4 or 5 people had to be divided between 2 pictures, if you can understand what I mean...any way enjoy!

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Monday, January 5, 2015


Well, another great meal at El Rancho Grande Restaurant across from Big Lots. you all need to try it.
A pretty nice day today a little chilly but no drizzle. Gas is below $2.00
Life is good!
Here is the newsletter thanks to Mary Lou!!!!!!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Dec. 15th

We had our annual caroling and golf cart parade last night, the carolers sounded awesome! Leading the parade was John Geer on his motorcycle followed by Brock in his Van with speakers on the back and then the carolers with mikes and the sound was really cool! Santa (Paul Sprague) looked really neat and when going by the Motel several little kids came running to the fence and put their little arms out to Santa, it was real cute. then afterwards to the hall for snacks.

Driving around the park looking at all the decorated mobiles, park models and r.v.s very lovely decorations, the nativity scene in front of the park office is so pretty!

Poor "Frosty" melted away

Monday, December 8, 2014

Dec. 8th

Good Day
good day scraps, glitter graphics and nice day comments

Orkut Image Scraps

The weather this week has been kind of crappy...some gloomy days and this morning starting off with light rain.

 I got a call yesterday from a former resident, she is 96 years old and still going strong. She did have an accident and has to have some rehab, her name is Dorothy Young. Her husbands name was Gordon, he passed away while they were still living here in the park...could be close to 10 years ago. she lives in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
Saw this in my friend Barb's blog from Magnolia Park:

Dear Tech Support - Cloudeight Internet
Husband Operating System

Dear Tech Support,
Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend to Husband and noticed a distinct slowdown in overall system performance, particularly in the Flower and Jewelry applications, which operated flawlessly under Boyfriend. In addition, Husband uninstalled many other valuable programs, such as Romance and Personal Attention and then installed undesirable programs such as Hockey, Football, Golf and HBO/Game of Thrones. Conversation no longer runs, and any endeavour to upload Housecleaning simply crashes the system. I’ve tried running Nagging to fix these problems, but to no avail. What can I do?
Signed, Desperate
Dear Desperate,
First keep in mind, Boyfriend is an Entertainment Package, while Husband is an Operating System. Please enter the command: ‘http: I Thought You Loved Me.html’ and try to download Tears; do not forget to install the Guilt update. If that application works as designed, Husband should then automatically run the applications Jewelry and Flowers, but remember – over-use of the above application can cause Husband to default to Grumpy Silence, Garage or Beer. Beer is a particularly bad program that will download the Snoring Loudly Beta. Whatever you do, DO NOT install Mother-in-law (it runs a destructive virus in the background that will eventually seize control of all your system resources). Also, do not attempt to reinstall the Boyfriend program. These are unsupported applications and will crash Husband.
In summary, Husband is a great system, but it does have limited memory, is somewhat erratic, and cannot learn new applications quickly. It also tends to work better running one task at a time. You might consider installing additional software to improve memory and performance. We recommend Steak, Pulled Pork and Hot Lingerie.
Good Luck, Tech Support

Monday, December 1, 2014

Monday Dec.1st

Isn't this a great picture of the Farleys?  and to think how far Anita has come since last year!! Our favorite neighbors!! Yes it's 10:00 a.m. and no coats!!!!

We have had a week of beautiful weather, and today is supposed to be 80. But a cold front tommarrow and highs of 60. but we can take some of that...we are so greatful for our wonderful warm winters down here. It's been awfully cold up North. Our neighbors, the Krafts, from Iowa, just got here and said in Iowa, it's been very cold and windy.

I don't often recommend a good restaurant but this one is super good! It's called El Rancho Grande, it's located across the parking lot from Big Lots! right here in Weslaco, I hate to travel to McAllen or Harlingen to eat especially at the rush hour times. Their breakfast is absolutely wonderful and the decor is lovely, the best part was the service is fast and clean and the acoustics are many times better than Tex-Mex, sorry but they get about a 3 rating from me. El Rancho Grande gets a 10, everyone who took our advice said I was right.